In the past I’ve brought up a few of the podcasts that I have subscriptions to. Since I’ve been listening to a few others lately, I figured I would spread the love and let the rest of you know what I’ve been listening to along with the short description, in the hopes that you’ll find something you like in this list.
The Order 66 Podcast – www.d20radio.com
This is the flagship podcast on the d20 Radio Network, and is dedicated, to borrow the phrase from GM Chris, the power, the passion, and the glory that is Star Wars Saga Edition Roleplaying. GM Chris and GM Dave bring you a (usually) weekly podcast that is entertaining, thoughtful, and very well put together. They are a cast that truly knows they stand on the shoulders of their fans and will bend over backwards for them, something that is very cool to see. They have been casting for just under two years and have a pretty impressive backlog of episodes, including notable guest appearances from game designers Rodney Thompson, Sterling Hershey, Gary Astleford, and Vader’s Secret Apprentice himself, Sam Witwer. The casts usually average out to about an hour in length, but never seem to last long enough.
Radio Free Hommlet www.d20radio.com
Radio Free Hommlet was the first sister cast on the d20 Radio Network and is dedicated to Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. DMs Tim, Kate, Jackson, and David take you through the new edition of the game and let you know all the things you think you should know from the previous editions, only to find out just how wrong you were. DM David has an interesting segment that he does every so often called “World-Building Affirmations” that has actually been the seed idea for a possible podcast from yours truly.
Game On! www.d20radio.com
This cast is all about good, not always quite so clean fun. Brian and Andy talk about all things gaming, a large focus on board games, but taking detours into miniatures, card games, and roleplaying games. They have a very easy, very obvious chemistry, and it’s very clear that they love what they are doing on the cast. It’s so clear, that you can’t help but laugh along with them whenever they make a cheap joke (so make sure you’re listening somewhere you won’t get odd looks… unless you’re into that sort of thing).
City of Doors www.d20radio.com
This is a new podcast on the d20 Radio Network, sponsored by Reaper Miniatures. Bryan and Justin focus on the fluff of roleplaying games, such as character creation at a troupe level, building interesting worlds, and making combat encounters and skill challenges interesting (as well as making failure more than just failing… and sometimes character death).
The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast www.celticmusicpodcast.com
Produced by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, this cast was started in 2005 after he started the Celtic Music MP3s Magazine, and offers about an hours worth of Irish and Celtic music of all genres from all parts of the world. I’ve only just started listening to this one and have found myself making less and less progress as I spend more and more of my time rewinding a podcast to listen to a song again and again (the latest being “Crazy Like Everybody” by an Australian group named Brother). For $20 a year you can also get access to an online directory of free and legal Celtic Music downloads known as “Song Henge.” I’ve discovered so many new bands, and my wallet may soon hate the man, but my ears will be loving him for years to come as I buy some of these albums off CD Baby. This is definitely worth checking out if you like Celtic Music of any kind. He plays it all, traditional, folk, rock, even bluegrass and some other experimental fusions.
Celtic Myth Podshow www.celticmythpodshow.com
Gary and Ruth bring the ancient Celtic myths to life through semi-dramatizations, giving us the myths the way they were meant to be told. They started with the Irish Book of Invasions and once they finished that group of stories, they moved on to some of the individual stories. They also plan on covering the myths and legends of Wales, Britain, and the other Celtic countries, including the Arthurian tales. They also do specials for each of the major holidays in the “wheel of the year” (Beltane, Samhain, the Solstices and Equinoxes, Yule, and Lughnasadh). It’s an incredibly immersive experience and I am planning on giving the ones I’ve already listened to again when I’m not at work so I can concentrate fully on the experience.
This podcast is put out by the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (or OBOD) and covers many things about modern Druidry, which I have found simply fascinating. There are clips from talks at various OBOD events including the role of the male deity in Druidry to interviews with the current head of the Order about the life of the founder to samples from the Order’s audio course, all interspersed with Celtic music and poetry. This is definitely worth a listen if you’re on the path or have ever been curious about just what it’s all about.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s the ones I’ve been listening to a lot lately.